Monday, February 22, 2016


I was so thrilled to be able to test Coffee and Thread’s new pattern: the Eleena Dress. I love Olga’s designs! I made the Mulberry tunic a zillion times (you can see some versions here, here and here) and it is still one of my favorite patterns ever. So, when Olga invited the testers to join the tour, I couldn't say no. 

Olga’s patterns are very clever and beautifully made. It is such a pleasure to use a pattern where everything matches perfectly.

The Eleena dress is a 1960’s inspired dress that features an inverted pleat in the front...

... and an invisible zipper in the back.

There are three sleeve options to choose from: short sleeve, long sleeves with cuffs and flutter sleeves. The dress also comes with a very original collar. 

In this version I went with a sleeveless version and no collar, which I also find adorable. I wanted to make a summer dress and I am really happy with the result.

The floral fabric is a cotton lawn (Kaufman London Calling Lawn Tight Floral Garden) bought here. The red fabric used for the front pleat and the lining is from Joann's.

The pattern is available in sizes 2 to 12. I made size 8 for my tall 6 and 1/2 year-old and I think the fit is perfect.

The Eleena Dress pattern tour starts today and will go on until March 7. Here is the list of amazing bloggers that will be joining the tour. Be sure to check their versions.

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Les Reloux, Just Add Fabric, Lokakid, While she was sleeping

The Eleena dress will be on sale for US $7.00 (regular price US$ 9.00) through March 7th, 11:59 EST. 

There is also a giveaway!! Please be sure to use the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win two patterns of choice and one yard of Sara Jane fabric (photo below).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


My resolution for 2016 is to sew more for myself and so far I have been true to that. I went to Barnes and Noble the other day and when spotted this Japanese sewing book, I could not resist it! It is Simply Sewn by Michiyo Ito.

The book contains 31 very different patterns, from dresses, to pants, blouses, shorts, cardigans, scarfs, shawls, bags, etc.  As in all Japanese sewing books, the design is simple, timeless and beautiful. 

But what really caught my eye and made me bu the book immediately (it is much cheaper to get it from Amazon) was this Boho Blouse and the reason was because I had the perfect fabric in my stash to make it! 

I bought this indigo stripped cotton fabric back in November, in my last trip to Lisbon. It is from a local store named Feira dos Tecidos. The fabric is soft and lightweight and the colors are gorgeous. 

The blouse is very easy and quick to sew, mainly because it has no sleeves! Sleeves and the front are one single piece! I love it. I made it in the smallest size and the fit is perfect. The blouse, however, is very roomy and may not very flattering, but it is so comfortable that I am sure I will be wearing it time and time again!  

Hope you liked it!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


2015 was a great year! I tested for the first time for pattern designers, discovered new techniques, made something for myself and, the cherry on top of the cake, got to meet in person an amazing group of very talented Portuguese sewing bloggers.

What I tremendously failed in 2015... was to blog about my makings!

So, I thought that before starting to show what I have already sewed in 2016, I should redeem myself and show some of my makings that were never blogged: 

1- Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio for Willow and Co. in a yellow knit fabric from Joann's and some liberty.
2 - Elasticized gathered skirt (self-drafted)
3 - Elasticized raglan tunic (self-drafted)
4 - Myrantine Tunic by Citronille.

5- Baby Sunbonnet by Purl Soho and Bloomers from Citronille's "Intemporels pour Bebes"
6 - Roller Skate Dress and summer shorts by Oliver and S  
7 - Paneled Sunsuit by Call Ajaire.
8 - City Gym Shorts by Purl Soho

9- Boy Shorts by Ruriko Yamada (Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids)
10 - Marie Tunic by Citronille
11 - Night gowns (self-drafted)
12 - Baby Tunic and Bloomers both from Citronille's "Intemporels pour Bebes"

13 - Button-back Puffed Sleeved Blouse by Akiko Mano (Linen, Wool, Cotton)
14 - Summer Romper by Purl Soho
15 - Gathered skirt with braces (self-drafted)
15 - Myrantine tunic by Citronille turned into dress  

For 2016, I definitely want to sew more for myself. You can check what I have doing on Instagram! ;-)